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Queen of the Darkness (The Black Jewels #3)

4.38 of 5 stars 4.38  ·  rating details  ·  16,675 ratings  ·  362 reviews
Jaenelle Angelline now reigns as Queen-protector of the Shadow Realm. No longer will the corrupt Blood slaughter her people and defile her lands. But where one chapter ends, a final, unseen battle remains to be written, and Jaenelle must unleash the terrible power that is Witch to destroy her enemies once and for all.

Even so, she cannot stand alone. Somewhere, long lost
Paperback, 416 pages
Published October 2nd 2007 by Roc (first published January 1st 2000)
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2.5 stars: I am completely baffled by why these books get such rave reviews. I have to admit there is *something* compelling about the world and characters that Anne Bishop weaves together, though I don't know that I'll ever quite be able to put my finger on what that something is.

The majority of the writing is melodramatic, unimaginative, and contrived. I don't know if it has steadily gotten worse since the first book or if I was just more charitable when I started out. I was already growing ti
n Book 3 of the Black Jewels Trilogy, The two evil Witches who have wreaked so much havoc in all their lives, Hekatah and Dorthea, continue their scheming to bring down Janelle, the once and future Queen of the Blood, and her kingdom.

Daemon has returned and is finally united with Janelle, as well as his brother Lucivar and all the powerful friends she's made along the way- including the magical creatures who only bow to her.

The book ends with one climatic battle, fought mostly in the psychic rea
I have nothing against guilty pleasures, or the r-rated themes, but there was no pleasure anywhere unfortunately. The characters are as flat as pancakes. There's no action. Why does anyone fall in love with each other? Who knows! They just do! Even when the heroes throw out ways to stop the upcoming war the heroine/author retorts that the war will be kept fighting by the enemy because - there is no reason. Just because! Because it was started! The two main villains plan about 5 evil schemes and ...more
This concluding novel of the Black Jewels trilogy is the strongest of the bunch. Bishop manages to keep all of her male leads on screen this time, and all the character-building that went on in the previous two books means that I cared about what happened to them all from the start. The world-building is still the weakest aspect of these books (though I finally got, in this third volume, that the only access from Terreille to Kaeleer and vice versa is through portals, so there's very little comm ...more
OK! Trilogy done, really satisfying! Def one of my favorite female-centered thick-tomed fantasy series. I really enjoyed the growth of the main character in this book, and the agony and tension between the main character and the love interest was a point (see below)

I had a FEW quibbles along the way, namely:
-Why, if everyone is SO UBER with magic and detection was the spy allowed to stay in the house to try to kidnap her sister? Why did she let her family stay so long AT ALL?
Feb 29, 2008 Pandem rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone
Recommended to Pandem by: Eviastarroy
Shelves: fantasy, romance, fiction
"The Realm of Terreille will be torn apart by its own foolish greed. Those who survive will serve, but few will survive."

So said the mad seer Tersa in the prologue in the first book of this trilogy, Daughter of the Blood, and this is when it finally happens.

Everything changes, everything gets torn apart in this book. It's heartbreaking, exciting, saddening, exhilarating, hilarious, agonizing, and breathtaking. . .it's, to use the term, a true thrill ride. It's an awesome, incredible book, and I
Buddy read with Aly

I have been absolutely addicted to Anne Bishop's Black Jewels trilogy ever since I discovered Daughter of the Blood and after the huge changes at the end of Heir to the Shadows I couldn't wait to start Queen of the Darkness. This book was everything I'd hoped it would be and then some and I didn't want to put it down for a second. I can't believe how much I've come to love these characters and I'm was so incredibly invested in their stories that I desperately needed to know wh
*Edit 1/4/14 * Man I can't believe I didn't do a review for this one! I came on expecting to just add my thoughts and *DOH* no review. Well let me just say. I first read this series in Sept of 2013 and was rereading by Dec 2013. I have reread a couple series but this is the first that I read every single word and savored them! I'm already looking forward for another 6 months to go by because I will spin my web and try and suck another friend or 2 into the series so I can reread AGAIN! Absolutely ...more
Shannon (Giraffe Days)
Now a young woman, Jaenelle Angelline reigns as Queen of Ebon Askavi, but as isolated as she remains she still needs the help of her friends, her surrogate family, her protectors. Daemon, her promised Consort, will sacrifice himself if it means keeping Jaenelle from annihilation as she works her powerful magic to restore balance to the land.

I've already talked about character development and gushed about how much I love these books, so I'll just say a few words more.

I did see a few things that
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Jen (Red Hot Books)
I thought for sure that this installment would be the book that launched this series into the stratosphere of epic-awesomeness where my book friends would rank it. Alas, I am doomed to be the odd man out here. I can definitively say I do not love this series. There were things I liked, characters I cared about. But whatever it is that makes other reviewers swoon, simply escapes me.

This is the book where Daemon and Janelle finally come together. It’s still not easy. It takes years and their reuni
Oct 10, 2013 ClassicMaiden rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Dark Fantasy readers!
Recommended to ClassicMaiden by: Dangermousie
"Jaenelle Angelline now reigns as Queen-protector of the Shadow Realm. No longer will the corrupt Blood slaughter her people and defile her lands. But where one chapter ends, a final, unseen battle remains to be written, and Jaenelle must unleash the terrible power that is Witch to destroy her enemies once and for all.

Even so, she cannot stand alone. Somewhere, long lost in madness, is Daemon, her promised Consort. Only his unyielding love can complete her Court and secure her reign. Yet, even
Queen of the Darkness, the third and final book in Anne Bishop’s Black Jewels Trilogy is comparable to that of the movie, Return of the Jedi. I can’t help but compare this series to the original Star Wars Trilogy. With Queen of the Darkness you know it will be an explosive accumulation of everything that happened in the past two books.

Queen of the Darkness is where Jaenelle has come into her own and is now a very powerful queen in her own right. With all this responsibility placed on her shoulde
An excellent conclusion to a really weird series.

I read all three books in about 3 weeks, they were that well written and that well paced. Anne Bishop dares you to stop reading.

I still can't decide whether I liked these books or not. They were very out of my element and a lot of the themes distresses me greatly. However they were a great way to kill a few weeks at a boring summer job.

The end was a tad anti-climactic I felt, but the build up to it was nail-bittingly exciting.

Upon finishing the
Jul 13, 2009 Tracey rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone that loves a good fantasy
Shelves: sci-fi-fantasy
I just loved this trilogy, but I would say that Daughter of the Blood is the best one!!!
Adam Smith
After eight long years lost in the madness of the Twisted Kingdom, Daemon Sadi has finally been reunited with the queen he has yearned for all his life, but just when it seems like they will be able to build a new life for themselves dark murmurs force them to face the past they left behind. War is coming. A war that may mean the utter destruction of the Blood. A war that only Witch at the height of her power will be able to stop. But is it worth the price they will have to pay?

Book 3 of the Bla
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When I get right down to it, I have to confess that my initial opinions of this series were a touch unfair. Where I thought things were poorly done, there was often a reason and a reveal later on. The writing improves dramatically as the books go on, and in Queen of the Darkness, the repetition that bothered me so much in the previous two books is far less common. Seeing Jaenelle develop from a frightened and abused young girl to a power
Poor Daemon, surrounded by assholes on all sides.
Lots of action and emotional upheaval is good, but in what will probably be known as Bishop-style, too much shit is shoved into one little book, which makes for a confusing and disjointed read. This could easily have been 2 books and would have been much more enjoyable. I really loved the love story between Janelle and Daemon. Thank God for Surreal, amiright? But, and this is a BIG but, after the climax, it feels thrown together and hastily tied
So it's supposed to be this whole feminist role-reversal thing, but doesn't commit to it as well as Ruins of Ambrai does. Names are patrilineal, and the whole men-protecting-women thing seems less feminist and more "oh those poor women, we must be strong and such because they are so weak lala it's the Victorian age all over again". Which slightly pisses me off. So it doesn't go into my "feminist" shelf. Or should it? To mark that it tried?

But besides that, it reads fast (and the parts that don't
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Jaenelle Angelline now reigns as Queen-protector of the Shadow Realm. No longer will the corrupt Blood slaughter her people and defile her lands. But where one chapter ends, a final, unseen battle remains to be written, and Jaenelle must unleash the terrible power that is Witch to destroy her enemies once and for all.

Even so, she cannot stand alone. Somewhere, long lost in madness, is Daemon, her promised Consort. Only his unyielding love can complete her Court and secure her reign. Yet
Barb Lie

“Queen of the Darkness” is the 3rd book in Anne Bishop’s Black Jewels trilogy. After I finished this book, I was totally hyped and couldn’t come down fast enough from an emotional read. Not since Sword of Truth, has a series affected me so much. If you have read my previous two reviews, you already know how I feel about the Black Jewels series. The first book was the darkest, but you became hooked pretty fast, and recognize that Anne Bishop has created a world like non other, and her imagination
So I finished the Black Jewels Trilogy. I enjoyed the neat tying up of loose ends at the conclusion for the most part, though considering the detail the author put into other scenes in the book, you would think the, for lack of a better term, "sexy times" when the characters FINALLY hook up would be a bit more detailed. It was tactfully done (or *cough* avoided) as far as that goes. I guess my one beef with the end of the book, and really the series, would be the strangely incompetent arch villa ...more
Honestly the last of the black jewels trilogy was the BEST ONE. It had Jaenelle asserting and coming to terms with her powers, both Lucivar and Daemon together (YES!), and some witty dialogues that made me chuckle. The sexual tension was there but it remained pleasant and not as vulgar and disgusting as the rapes and abuses in the first novel (i was shocked, really). We finally got to enjoy the whole SaDiablo family reunited and continued to DETEST those two bitches (sincerely) who just can't le ...more
I got sucked so hard into this series that I ended up reading books two and three in an afternoon. I think that says something on its own. I gave up a whole day to this, rather than the hour or two I like to devote to reading.

It's funny, too, because the style of the series really annoys the heck out of me. I love the darkness of it -- and I don't mean that it's set in hell with demons and witches and whatever. The author really does deal with some incredibly dark issues, and that tends to fasci
Review is for books 1-3:

I had heard about The Black Jewels Trilogy for ages, but for some reason or another always managed to talk myself out of tracking it down. A couple of months ago, I found the Trilogy at a local used book store and fished out some store credit. Twenty minutes later, I’d gotten home and thought “no time like the present”, and so sat down to read. I didn’t get up again for 24 hours (well, I allowed myself 8 to sleep). Then I drove to the bookstore, bought the companion book
This novel, unfortunately, is the weakest of the trilogy. Even though the novel was working towards an overarching plot, it kind of fell a bit flat since it wasn't until the last fourth of the novel that it really seemed to take shape. The execution was good, in my opinion, but I was rather disappointed that Wilhelmina pretty much disappeared in the second half of the novel, only to be mentioned in passing and without explaining anything about what she was doing during the events of the book's c ...more
Bradley Scott
The "final" installment in the Black Jewels trilogy that takes your breath away, kicks you in the gut and makes your heart sore in triumph. In Daughter of the Blood, we heard Tersa's prophetic cry, "She is coming!" Dreams made flesh is walking in the world. And Jaenelle Angelline is just that. A dream. So real at times. She is everything you want and more in a heroine, in a queen. Her goodness is heart warming and evocative. Her darkness is surreal and frightening. She is both dream and nightmar ...more
Fantastic! Terrific! Wonderful! I consumed this book. I resented anything that made me put it down and went back to it as soon as I could. I love ALL the characters. And for the first time, EVER, there is nothing, nothing I would change in the book. Nope, can't think of a single thing. How often does that happen?!

So what a ride. Daemon returns to play a larger role in this book. ... ... ... I can't think of enough to say, or little enough to say without spoiling anything.

I know the series goes
The first book in the series intrigued me enough to purchase the last two books in the trilogy. The second book made me look forward to the third. The third book was missing something. It's hard to put a finger on the one major thing missing, because it's a culmination of little things that make you go, 'whoa wait, what? What did I miss? When did that happen?' and that detracts from the book in its entirety. I had some issues with the characterization in this book as well. Some of the characters ...more
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Anne Bishop lives in upstate New York where she enjoys gardening, music, and writing dark, romantic stories. She is the author of fourteen novels, including the award-winning Black Jewels Trilogy. Her most recent novel,Twilight’s Dawn, made the New York Times bestsellers list. She is currently working on a new series, which is an urban dark fantasy with a bit of a twist.

Crawford Award (2000)

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Other Books in the Series

The Black Jewels (9 books)
  • Daughter of the Blood (The Black Jewels #1)
  • Heir to the Shadows (The Black Jewels, #2)
  • The Invisible Ring (The Black Jewels, #4)
  • Dreams Made Flesh (The Black Jewels, #5)
  • Tangled Webs (The Black Jewels, #6)
  • The Shadow Queen (The Black Jewels, #7)
  • Shalador's Lady (The Black Jewels, #8)
  • Twilight's Dawn (The Black Jewels, #9)
Daughter of the Blood (The Black Jewels #1) Heir to the Shadows (The Black Jewels, #2) Written in Red (The Others, #1) Dreams Made Flesh (The Black Jewels, #5) Murder of Crows (The Others, #2)

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